Camp at Goat Lake

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Great overnight option with lakeside relaxing, established campsites, good fishing, and stellar views. All for the price of a relatively easy hike in, too!

If you just loved your day hike to Goat Lake so much that you want to return and spend some more time, you're in luck - the lake offers a camping area that holds at least 15 campsites and even comes with a pit latrine. This is a great overnight option if you aren't looking for a difficult hike in and are in the mood for some lakeside relaxing. It's also one of the earliest options in the late spring due to its lower elevation, so it makes for a great first overnight of the season.

For camping, turn left at the junction just before the lake where the camping area splits off from the lake. Campsites are set back against the forested hill so as to follow Leave No Trace ethics - please respect the signs around the lake that designate day-use only areas and pitch your tent in the actual camping area. The forest is open all around and very few of the campsites offer much privacy. Campfires are not allowed in any of the campsite areas or by the lake.

There are a number of places to filter water very close by as the lake drains to Elliot Creek right next to the campground, so you have multiple options that are reliable throughout the summer. If you have a fishing permit, bring up your rod and walk out on one of the several fallen logs in the lake and try to catch some bites. Bear canisters are not required here but always safer to bring rope to hang food and scented products.

Hike out the next day after a relaxing morning at the lake!

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Layers for night time
  • Food/snacks
  • Water and water purification device
  • Fuel and stove
  • Camera/tripod
  • Fishing gear
  • Headlamp/lantern
  • Rain gear
  • TP
  • 10 essentials
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Fishing, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

10.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1400 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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